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Kindness, warmth and hospitality: "We didn't want that to be the end of it"

©Stephanie Randby

A little kindness can go a long way.

The group of UMD, UWS and College of St. Scholastica students who returned from a study abroad trip to Germany were so touched by the welcome and ease they found at "welcome cafes," they're bringing the idea to the Twin Ports.

In a series of pop-up events around the community, they hope to provide a space for college kids who've just arrived, people who've just relocated to the area or just anyone who's feeling a little disconnected.

You can find more information about the Twin Ports Welcome Cafe project on Facebook, and if you want additional information, you can email Stephanie Randby here.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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